Ronnie Matthews is a Premier League legend who thinks that little bit bigger. In his career he has known the incredible highs of an England cap (sent off versus San Marino), relationships with some of the most stunning Big Brother contestants of our times and the wild spending lifestyle of a man who has it all (Ronnie was the first footballer to lose GBP100,000 a week on virtual horseracing at Ladbrokes).
But in a career that has taken him from humble beginnings in Watford to cult status at West Ham and then a dream transfer to boyhood love Liverpool, before a swift move to Tranmere, onto non-League football before an unhappy move to Inter Milan and then back to Watford via a short spell in jail in Turkey, Ronnie is a man who knows better than most just how quickly the wheel can turn.
Combining the philosophical musings of a Joey Barton, the poetic soul of an Eric Cantona and the urban entrepreneurial verve of a Rio Ferdinand, Ronnie Matthews guides the reader through some of life's biggest questions - death, religion, money, sex, pre-match pasta, Twitter and cars - in a handy-pocket sized book of wit and wisdom that offers the layman an introduction to living life like a Premier League footballer. Illustrated by Ronnie himself in a style he describes as "David James meets Athena poster", I Kick Therefore I Am unlocks the secrets of happiness and inner calm as seen by one of the most controversial and fascinating sportsmen of the modern era.
Tyers and Beach met at Sir John Paul Getty's private cricket ground. Tyers was opening the batting; Beach was eyeing up the cake stand. A shared love of wordplay and ironic anachronism ensured their collaboration continued beyond the tea interval, onto the acclaimed W.G. Grace Ate My Pedalo and beyond.